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‘No plans to increase KD 250 salary cap for dependent visas’ Ministry eyes issuing work permits for all sectors: Dosari

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 22: The General Immigration Department has not received any official instruction to increase the salary ceiling for expatriates to obtain dependent visas for their wives, children and parents, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources affirmed the salary cap is still KD 250 and there are no plans to increase it in the near future as such a step will deprive expatriates of a chance to be with their immediate families.

Sources clarified this step requires comprehensive studies prior to approval and implementation. On the entry ban imposed on certain nationalities, sources said the decision banning the entry of Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans and Pakistanis to Kuwait remains in effect. Sources disclosed all types of visas — visit, work and family — will not be issued to these people due to the security situation in their countries.

In another development, sources revealed the Ministry of Interior issued a decision, allowing the citizens to pay fines imposed on their domestic workers in court and grant them residency permits. The General Immigration Department had earlier refused to renew the residence permits of several domestic workers, who did not avail the Amiri amnesty. This has prompted the sponsors to inquire if the domestic workers are now considered marginal laborers or illegal residents.

Statistical reports show there are around 575,000 domestic workers in the country and most of their sponsors have failed to renew their visas, forcing them to hide in the houses of their sponsors until the issuance of the above decision. According to the law, the sponsors of these workers should be referred to the Public Authority for Investigation and pay the corresponding fines in court before renewing the residence permits.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor is looking at the possibility of issuing work permits for all sectors without damaging the population structure, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs Jamal Al-Dosari.
Al-Dosari explained the ministry will lay down regulations to issue the work permits in accordance with the actual manpower needs of each company to ensure this measure will not have a negative impact on the demographic structure of the country.

On the establishment of the ‘public authority for manpower,’ Al-Dosari confirmed the authority will be announced officially early next year in line with the stipulations of the Private Sector Labor Law.
Asked about the other projects of the ministry, Al-Dosari unveiled a plan to implement a new electronic system in October to allow the employers to process their transactions online by using secret codes. He said the first phase of the project will enable the employers to renew the residency permits of their workers electronically. He affirmed the other transactions will be included in the next stages of the project.

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Family Visa Ahmad | 9/26/2011 2:49:21 PM I just cannot understand too why family visa's are not opening what have families done ? I have been wait since last 4 months please open the visa's ? why so unfair we all are human beings ????? why why...?
Family visa ban on PakistanisAsim | 9/23/2011 2:55:40 PM I am unable to understand how children and house wives are a threat to the security of Kuwait. I am really struggling to get residence for my wife (who is on visit visa in Kuwait) and newly born son (born in Kuwait last month). There are many people who are suffering from this ban. I would request the relevant authorites to consider lifting of the ban as some nationalities are being seriously discriminated due to this ban. Kind regards,
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